Art Song Festival
Participants 2021

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Anusha Merrin Bobby

Indian Soprano Anusha Merrin Bobby, native of Kerala and resident of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is an aspiring vocalist who holds a BA (hons) in Music from Middlesex University, London under the tutelage of Mark Oldfield. Previously, she received a Diploma in Music performance from KM Music Conservatory, Chennai. At the age of 5, she started training in Carnatic music for 5 years. By the age of 10, she was inclined towards choral music upon joining the church choir. Further, she completed Grade 5 ABRSM in European Classical Music with the Bahrain Music Institute in 2016. Whilst at the conservatory, she studied under Dr. Keisha Cook and Dr. Cynthia Smith. Throughout her studies, Ms. Bobby further honed her craft by participating in masterclasses with great artists and renowned tutors like Benjamin Appl, Patricia Rozario and Mark Troop. Some achievements include Finalist in 2018 Voices of India National Singing Competition, Quarter finalist in CS Music Vocal Competition, Chicago, USA, 2018 Best Performer of the Year and Soprano Chorus in 'La Fedelta Premiata' conducted by Natalie Murray Beale at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai. Anusha has also previously been part of St. Andrew’s Kirk Choir, The Manama Singers, The YMCA Bahrain Choir and The Bahrain CSI Parish Choir.
 Outside of music, Anusha is a keen baker and also enjoys cooking, travelling and reading.

Anusha Merrin Bobby

Indian Soprano Anusha Merrin Bobby, native of Kerala and resident of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is an aspiring vocalist who holds a BA (hons) in Music from Middlesex University, London under the tutelage of Mark Oldfield. Previously, she received a Diploma in Music performance from KM Music Conservatory, Chennai. At the age of 5, she started training in Carnatic music for 5 years. By the age of 10, she was inclined towards choral music upon joining the church choir. Further, she completed Grade 5 ABRSM in European Classical Music with the Bahrain Music Institute in 2016. Whilst at the conservatory, she studied under Dr. Keisha Cook and Dr. Cynthia Smith. Throughout her studies, Ms. Bobby further honed her craft by participating in masterclasses with great artists and renowned tutors like Benjamin Appl, Patricia Rozario and Mark Troop. Some achievements include Finalist in 2018 Voices of India National Singing Competition, Quarter finalist in CS Music Vocal Competition, Chicago, USA, 2018 Best Performer of the Year and Soprano Chorus in 'La Fedelta Premiata' conducted by Natalie Murray Beale at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai. Anusha has also previously been part of St. Andrew’s Kirk Choir, The Manama Singers, The YMCA Bahrain Choir and The Bahrain CSI Parish Choir.
 Outside of music, Anusha is a keen baker and also enjoys cooking, travelling and reading.

Anusha Merrin Bobby

Indian Soprano Anusha Merrin Bobby, native of Kerala and resident of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is an aspiring vocalist who holds a BA (hons) in Music from Middlesex University, London under the tutelage of Mark Oldfield. Previously, she received a Diploma in Music performance from KM Music Conservatory, Chennai. At the age of 5, she started training in Carnatic music for 5 years. By the age of 10, she was inclined towards choral music upon joining the church choir. Further, she completed Grade 5 ABRSM in European Classical Music with the Bahrain Music Institute in 2016. Whilst at the conservatory, she studied under Dr. Keisha Cook and Dr. Cynthia Smith. Throughout her studies, Ms. Bobby further honed her craft by participating in masterclasses with great artists and renowned tutors like Benjamin Appl, Patricia Rozario and Mark Troop. Some achievements include Finalist in 2018 Voices of India National Singing Competition, Quarter finalist in CS Music Vocal Competition, Chicago, USA, 2018 Best Performer of the Year and Soprano Chorus in 'La Fedelta Premiata' conducted by Natalie Murray Beale at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai. Anusha has also previously been part of St. Andrew’s Kirk Choir, The Manama Singers, The YMCA Bahrain Choir and The Bahrain CSI Parish Choir.
 Outside of music, Anusha is a keen baker and also enjoys cooking, travelling and reading.

Anusha Merrin Bobby

Indian Soprano Anusha Merrin Bobby, native of Kerala and resident of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is an aspiring vocalist who holds a BA (hons) in Music from Middlesex University, London under the tutelage of Mark Oldfield. Previously, she received a Diploma in Music performance from KM Music Conservatory, Chennai. At the age of 5, she started training in Carnatic music for 5 years. By the age of 10, she was inclined towards choral music upon joining the church choir. Further, she completed Grade 5 ABRSM in European Classical Music with the Bahrain Music Institute in 2016. Whilst at the conservatory, she studied under Dr. Keisha Cook and Dr. Cynthia Smith. Throughout her studies, Ms. Bobby further honed her craft by participating in masterclasses with great artists and renowned tutors like Benjamin Appl, Patricia Rozario and Mark Troop. Some achievements include Finalist in 2018 Voices of India National Singing Competition, Quarter finalist in CS Music Vocal Competition, Chicago, USA, 2018 Best Performer of the Year and Soprano Chorus in 'La Fedelta Premiata' conducted by Natalie Murray Beale at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai. Anusha has also previously been part of St. Andrew’s Kirk Choir, The Manama Singers, The YMCA Bahrain Choir and The Bahrain CSI Parish Choir.
 Outside of music, Anusha is a keen baker and also enjoys cooking, travelling and reading.

Shashwat Vishwakarma

Shashwat Vishwakarma has received three years of training in Opera performance at KM Conservatory. His life as a musician began very early when he started taking piano lessons at a young age of 5 years. However, his interest gradually shifted towards vocals and he started taking Hindustani vocal lessons. Alongside voice, he has also acquired formal training in Tabla performance which has contributed towards him developing a strong sense of rhythm over the years. He's adept at playing multiple instruments like piano, guitar, tabla, bass, drums. Having assisted the faculty members in teaching the Summer-course voice students at the KM Conservatory, he has experience taking individual voice lessons as well as subjects like Theory and Musicianship. Recently, he has also been invited to audition at various universities in Germany, where he plans to complete his Bachelor’s in Music.

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Anusha Merrin Bobby

Indian Soprano Anusha Merrin Bobby, native of Kerala and resident of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is an aspiring vocalist who holds a BA (hons) in Music from Middlesex University, London under the tutelage of Mark Oldfield. Previously, she received a Diploma in Music performance from KM Music Conservatory, Chennai. At the age of 5, she started training in Carnatic music for 5 years. By the age of 10, she was inclined towards choral music upon joining the church choir. Further, she completed Grade 5 ABRSM in European Classical Music with the Bahrain Music Institute in 2016. Whilst at the conservatory, she studied under Dr. Keisha Cook and Dr. Cynthia Smith. Throughout her studies, Ms. Bobby further honed her craft by participating in masterclasses with great artists and renowned tutors like Benjamin Appl, Patricia Rozario and Mark Troop. Some achievements include Finalist in 2018 Voices of India National Singing Competition, Quarter finalist in CS Music Vocal Competition, Chicago, USA, 2018 Best Performer of the Year and Soprano Chorus in 'La Fedelta Premiata' conducted by Natalie Murray Beale at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai. Anusha has also previously been part of St. Andrew’s Kirk Choir, The Manama Singers, The YMCA Bahrain Choir and The Bahrain CSI Parish Choir.
 Outside of music, Anusha is a keen baker and also enjoys cooking, travelling and reading.

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Ananya Diddapur

Ananya is a 4th year medical student studying at Imperial College London. She has pursued music from a young age and currently trains with Prof. Patricia Rozario OBE from the Royal College of Music, London. Ananya has performed solo at various events in Singapore and across Asia.

Anusha Merrin Bobby

Indian Soprano Anusha Merrin Bobby, native of Kerala and resident of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is an aspiring vocalist who holds a BA (hons) in Music from Middlesex University, London under the tutelage of Mark Oldfield. Previously, she received a Diploma in Music performance from KM Music Conservatory, Chennai. At the age of 5, she started training in Carnatic music for 5 years. By the age of 10, she was inclined towards choral music upon joining the church choir. Further, she completed Grade 5 ABRSM in European Classical Music with the Bahrain Music Institute in 2016. Whilst at the conservatory, she studied under Dr. Keisha Cook and Dr. Cynthia Smith. Throughout her studies, Ms. Bobby further honed her craft by participating in masterclasses with great artists and renowned tutors like Benjamin Appl, Patricia Rozario and Mark Troop. Some achievements include Finalist in 2018 Voices of India National Singing Competition, Quarter finalist in CS Music Vocal Competition, Chicago, USA, 2018 Best Performer of the Year and Soprano Chorus in 'La Fedelta Premiata' conducted by Natalie Murray Beale at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai. Anusha has also previously been part of St. Andrew’s Kirk Choir, The Manama Singers, The YMCA Bahrain Choir and The Bahrain CSI Parish Choir.
 Outside of music, Anusha is a keen baker and also enjoys cooking, travelling and reading.

Payal John

Payal John is a lyric Soprano. Singing was introduced to her at school where she learnt Indian Classical from the age of 9 . From 2001, she started learning Western classical and can sing in different languages. Payal has passed her Associate Diploma from the Trinity College London. She has taken Master Classes from various Coaches and Conductors who visited India.
In 2018 she got the scholarship to study Voice in Italy and gave a short recital in Italy and in Germany.
Payal has also performed in Delhi, Mumbai , Calcutta, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and Mysore.
She has been teaching for the past 17 years, coaching from home studio and taught in various schools and conducted the Choir in St. Paul School and Churches in Pune. She currently teaches at The Bangalore school of Music.

 

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Aastha Mohapatra

Aastha Mohapatra is a 19-year-old Soprano and a student of Lady Shri Ram College for Women New, Delhi. A student of the renowned Opera Singer and Vocal Coach, Ms. Situ Singh Buehler, her passion for western classical music bloomed at a very young age, through her work with the Mozart Children’s Choir of India, an initiative by the Pandit Ravi Shankar Foundation and the Austrian Cultural Forum.
At present, she is a Soprano Artiste with the Lyric Ensemble of Delhi and has been actively performing in recitals, operas across Delhi NCR. She had also taken up the lead role of Amahl in the Opera ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ staged in the Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts in December 2017.
Having won accolades at the National, Regional and at the state levels for her singing, she was also the youngest participant and a finalist in the Voices of India Competition, held at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai in 2018.
Over the course of the past year, she has actively been taking part in fundraisers, music collaborations, raising resources for affected by COVID-19. She truly believes in the power of the arts and wants to continue using music as a medium to bring about positive social change, providing society with a mirror, reaching out to the collective conscience of her listeners.

Riddhiman Dutta

Riddhiman Dutta is currently studying at AR Rahman's music institute, the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai. His journey in Music began very early in his life as he grew up listening to a variety of different styles and genres of music. He is formally trained in Hindustani classical vocals and continues his training under his guru pt. Ramanuj Dasgupta. Apart from singing, he also plays the Piano, Tabla, Harmorium and various Percussive and folk instruments.

Riddhiman completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Performing Arts with specific focus on Carnatic music in Bangalore. He has had extensive Performance opportunities and stage experience through the years. He was a member of the Christ University choir, the largest choir in the city of Bangalore, for three years. He started his own Acapella vocal music group 'Notes Gothilla' with whom he performed and won in various inter-collegiate music festivals. 'Notes Gothilla' was also featured at THESPO' 19, a theatre festival at Prithvi theatre, Mumbai. They were also featured at the NCPA, Mumbai.

Riddhiman is also a passionate composer and music arranger. He was the Music director for the theatre group 'Organized Chaos Productions' based in Bangalore. The play 'Black Sheep' was featured at the 6th Annual Children's Theatre Festival by UNICEF, Guwahati and another play 'Draupadi' was also featured at THESPO' 19, Mumbai. They also won the Deccan Herald Theatre festival in Bangalore.

Riddhiman is Currently pursuing his Diploma in Western Classical Music with focus on Western Classical Vocals.

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Himanshu Barot

Himanshu Barot in aspiring singer and songwriter, composer, recording and voice over artist. He has been trained in Indian classical music for 7 years.
Is currently learning western classical music at KMMC. He received his bachelor's degree in Indian classical music from JG College of performing arts.
Recently did a playback in an urban Gujarati movie.
He wishes to become a western classical performer in the future.

Farah K. Ghadiali

Soprano Farah Ghadiali loved singing as a child - she completed her MBA with a high distinction and was rank holder in the state of Maharashtra. She worked in the corporate sector and learnt music as a hobby in India. In 2014, she took a leap of faith and gave up her corporate career and went to London to study classical music at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she got her Masters degree in Performance. Farah was on the coveted student scheme of the Philharmonia Chorus and has performed with them in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. She was selected on the mentor scheme of the English National Opera. She has performed in operas and recital series in India, the UK and Italy.
Back in India, Farah has founded a series of concerts called Salon Concerts and has an extensive teaching practice in Mumbai where she promotes use of the right classical technique of voice production for a healthy voice. Her students include music teachers in International schools, playback singers in the Indian and south Indian film industry and those who simply love music or are interested in learning it correctly.

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Meera Arora

Meera Arora is a Soprano based in New Delhi, India. At age 8, she began singing and has been a chorister and a soloist throughout her school years. Meera was also the former president of Orpheus, the western music society of Miranda House, University of Delhi. Presently, she's a member of Lyric Ensemble of Delhi. In 2018, she began her training with Ms. Situ Singh Buehler in Western Classical singing This past year she began taking Piano lessons under the able guidance of Ms. Cecilia Vaz.

Johnson Joseph Wilson

Johnson Joseph Wilson is a singer, music teacher, and amateur arranger/composer from Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. He has performed in many places, some internationally but notably at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai where he performed under Mrs. Patricia Maria Rozario OBE and her husband Mark Troop in an Opera. He studied music under Ms. Neecia Majolly who continues to be his mentor and guide. He completed his Masters in Music Education (The Teaching Musician) at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He is currently working at the Doon School as a secondary music teacher and teacher voice and piano.

 

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